Support Services &
Self-Care

Resources for Students With Basic Needs Insecurity

Recent data shows that as many as 3 in 5 U.S. college are experiencing basic needs insecurity, ranging from financial, medical and mental health services, housing insecurity, food insecurity and other forms of insecurity. Dixie State University and Washington County have a number of available resources including a DSU Campus Food Pantry, Women’s Resources Center, Free Legal Clinic, and DSU Financial Aid Office. Please see the following links for a list of available resources.

Food & Nutrition Assistance

DSU Food Pantry

https://deanofstudents.dixie.edu/dsu-food-pantry/

2nd Floor of the Gardner Center next to the Dean of Student’s Office #202

 

Switch Point

https://switchpointcrc.org/

Saint George, UT – 84770
(435) 628-9310

 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program

 

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic

 

Mental Health & Medical Services

DSU Booth Wellness Center

https://wellness.dixie.edu

1037 S. 100 E.

St. George, UT

(435) 652-7755

 

Safe UT (24/7)

https://safeut.org/

833-372-3388

 

ULifeline

http://www.ulifeline.org/

 

Intermountain Behavioral Health-Access Center (24/7)

1380 East Medical Center Drive, 4th Floor of North Tower

St. George, UT 84790

(435) 251-4480

 

Medicaid

https://www.healthcare.gov/medicaid-chip/getting-medicaid-chip/

Housing Assistance

DSU Student Housing

https://housing.dixie.edu/

 

211 (Community Resource Specialist)

https://www.211.org/

 

HUD Resource Locator

https://resources.hud.gov/

 

Projects for Assistance in Transition From Homelessness

https://www.samhsa.gov/homelessness-programs-resources/grant-programs-services/path

 

Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS

https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/5888

Transportation, Childcare, and Living Expenses

Childcare & Development Fund

https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/615

 

Office of Childcare-Utah Department of Workforce Services

140 East 300 South

Salt Lake City, UT 84111

(800) 622-7390

https://www.jobs.utah.gov 

Legal Information & Support

DSU Legal Clinic

https://blazerlink.dixie.edu/organization/legalclinic

 

National Homelessness Law Center

https://homelesslaw.org/

 

Fair Housing Complaint and Investigation Process

https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/complaint-process

Mindfulness Resources

Mindfulness refers to a way of experiencing the present moment. John Kabat-Zinn coined the term based on his studies and experiences with Tibetan Buddhism and it is his definition that is most commonly referenced in scholarly writings, “Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” Mindfulness practices are varied and are generally based wholly or in part on the practice Kabat-Zinn developed and implemented at Massachusetts General Hospital, which is known as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR is an evidence-based practice and has been found to provide benefits for individuals who are dealing with mental health conditions, such as: anxiety, depression, mood, PTSD, etc.

RELAXATION RECORDINGS

Body Scan Meditation

This guided practice cultivates a mindful awareness of one’s physical body. Through repeated practice, it is possible to memorize or internalize the instructions and develop a more mindful way of responding to life’s stressors. This is a seated practice.

Body Scan (2:46) – Karambir Khalsa Singh

 

Labeling

This guided practice encourages participants to develop a mindful awareness of their physical, emotional, and mental experience in the present moment while staying focused on their breath. By developing awareness around the labels one uses to describe their individual reality (i.e., sensations, emotions/feelings, thoughts), one can develop a more mindful understanding of and a greater self-compassion for one’s moment-to-moment experience. This is a seated practice.

Labeling (5:52) – Karambir Khalsa Singh

 

Grounding (5-4-3-2-1)

This guided practice uses the five senses (sight, touch, hearing, smell, and taste) to help one become more grounded and aware of the present moment. You will be asked to name what you are aware of. If you are not somewhere where it is appropriate to say your responses out loud, simply say or think them silently to yourself. This practice is easy to learn and can be practiced pretty much anywhere (note: it is not recommended to do this or any mindfulness practice while operating a motor vehicle).

Grounding (5-4-3-2-1) (2:2)- Karambir Khalsa Singh

Meditating With Youtube

Videos – Linda Hall

Biofeedback – BYU Website

Anxiety Relieving APPS

Pigment – Coloring

I am – Positive Affirmations – Daily Self Care Reminder

Moodpath: Depression & Anxiety – Stress Management

Headspace: Meditation & Sleep – Stress Less

Calm – Meditation and Sleep Stories

Smiling Mind – Meditation for All Ages

Stop, Breathe & Think – Feel Based Meditation

Wellness-Based Websites

Mindfulness Exercises – Mindfulness exercises for sleep, work, relaxation, anxiety, group and kids

 

Greater Good in Action – Practices in connection, compassion, empathy, resilience to stress, gratitude, etc.

 

Palouse Mindfulness – Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

OTHER SUGGESTIONS

  • Soothing Coloring Page
  • DSU Coloring Page
  • Maintain a regular schedule
  • Spend time with family and/or friends
  • Play games
  • Listen to an audiobook
  • Do a puzzle
  • Color
  • Write in a journal
  • Rock painting
  • Blog or vlog
  • Serve those around you
  • Go for a walk where
  • Work in the yard
  • Create a rejuvenating or calming playlist – share it!
  • Create a picture journal
  • Bake
  • Create a daily exercise routine
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule